Jane Lazarre
Beyond The Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons
August 03, 2019 Comments.. 736
Beyond The Whiteness of Whiteness Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons I am Black Jane Lazarre s son tells her I have a Jewish mother but I am not biracial That term is meaningless to me She understands she says but he tells her gently that he doesn t think so that

  • Title: Beyond The Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons
  • Author: Jane Lazarre
  • ISBN: 9780822320449
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • I am Black, Jane Lazarre s son tells her I have a Jewish mother, but I am not biracial That term is meaningless to me She understands, she says but he tells her, gently, that he doesn t think so, that she can t understand this completely because she is white Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness is Jane Lazarre s memoir of coming to terms with this painful truth, of I am Black, Jane Lazarre s son tells her I have a Jewish mother, but I am not biracial That term is meaningless to me She understands, she says but he tells her, gently, that he doesn t think so, that she can t understand this completely because she is white Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness is Jane Lazarre s memoir of coming to terms with this painful truth, of learning to look into the nature of whiteness in a way that passionately informs the connections between herself and her family A moving account of life in a biracial family, this book is a powerful meditation on motherhood and racism in America, the story of an education into the realities of African American culture.Lazarre has spent over twenty five years living in a Black American family, married to an African American man, birthing and raising two sons A teacher of African American literature, she has been influenced by an autobiographical tradition that is characterized by a speaking out against racism and a grounding of that expression in one s own experience an overlapping of the stories of one s own life and the world Like the stories of that tradition, Lazarre s is a recovery of memories that come together in this book with a new sense of meaning From a crucial moment in which consciousness is transformed, to recalling and accepting the nature and realities of whiteness, each step describes an aspect of her internal and intellectual journey Recalling events that opened her eyes to her sons and husband s experience as Black Americans an operation, turned into a horrific nightmare by a doctor s unconscious racism or the jarring truths brought home by a visit to an exhibit on slavery at the Richmond Museum of the Confederacy or her own revealing missteps, Lazarre describes a movement from silence to voice, to a commitment to action, and to an appreciation of the value of a fluid, even ambiguous, identity It is a coming of age that permits a final retelling of family history and family reunion.With her skill as a novelist and her experience as a teacher, Jane Lazarre has crafted a narrative as compelling as it is telling It eloquently describes the author s delight at being accepted into her husband s family and attests to the power of motherhood And as personal as this story is, it is a remarkably incisive account of how perceptions of racial difference lie at the heart of the history and culture of America.

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    1. Tracy says:

      A very difficult, thought-provoking book. It is difficult for me to hear or read about the struggles that Black people (and other people of color) have that I don't have simply because I am white. It makes me uncomfortable to think others aren't treated the same way I am, and it makes me uneasy to know that I don't even realize it until it's pointed out to me. I don't want to be racist, but I fear my ignorance leads me to unintentional racism. The author's story of watching her boys (now grown) [...]

    2. Megs says:

      This book covers a sensitive topic that is of the utmost importance. Understanding the racism that is embedded in European-American culture (as well as in other places) is not only important but absolutely necessary if we hope to live in a harmonious and loving world.

    3. Duke Press says:

      "[An] illuminating book . . . Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness offer[s] invaluable insights not just for those working to raise children in biracial families, but for all who would like to understand the notion of whiteness in order to see beyond it and reach for fairness." — Boyd Zenner Women's Review of Books "This is a passionate, provocative, and moving narrative that should be on every American's reading list. Jane Lazarre writes from an angle of vision that seems completely missing from [...]

    4. Sarah says:

      It was heartbreaking to read her stories of the racism encountered by her sons and the racism encountered by the whole family when together. But more heartbreaking was the alienation she felt from her own family. What I wondered throughout, though, was to what degree the family's class buffered what would inevitably be worse if her husband or both of them had not been so socioeconomically elite (at least in adulthood). Her family is clearly at least upper-middle class (some would say it is impos [...]

    5. Laurel says:

      "Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness" is now marked as "read" on my profile, though it's words will long remain in my mind. Lazarre has presented many aspects of racism and of consciousness that in some ways, made an exhausting read, as it brought me to reflect on the ways in which race has pervaded my own life or how its absence has allowed me to live comfortably. I am still not sure what to do with many of the bits of consciousness this book has produced within me, but I found this to be a wonde [...]

    6. Aunnalea says:

      Reading this book was like having all of my internal thoughts, and fears, and love laid out on a page. If you are a white person who loves a black person in this f*ed up racist world, you must read this book. "It is not that we cannot understand each other, but that we presume that understanding too quickly, close the unfamiliar story down with out own intrusive narrating, have no patience or endurance for the difficult times of exile to that wilderness which can often feel lonely and unsafe."As [...]

    7. Franny Burd says:

      I am a mother of a bi-racial son, and there are no words to describe how much I hated this book and the author's pious attitude toward race and how it's perceived in this country. If you're looking for a book dealing with raising children of mixed race, I would highly recommend "The Color of Water" instead, one of my all-time favorite books. Yes, I'm sure I'll be labeled as a just another white woman who "doesn't get it", but so be it.

    8. Tana says:

      This resonated with me on so many levels and in so many ways.

    9. Becky says:

      An incredible read. Should be required reading for everyone. A white mother's story of raising her half-white half-black sons.

    10. Kaycee Looney says:

      A book that really made me think about race relations in America. I would recommend it to others interested in the subject.

    11. Alycia says:

      Skimmmed!

    12. Robin Stevenson says:

      Thoughtful and thought-provoking.

    13. Alex says:

      Touching and eye opening memoir by a writer more literary than sociological. Loving view into the heart of family.

    14. Jonathan says:

      Many excellent points - clearly written and a great addition to the library of Racial consciousness.

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